This section lists issues - problems on the street network and related matters.

Issues always relate to some geographical location, whether very local or perhaps city-wide.

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Listed issues, most recent first, limited to the area of Greater Manchester Cycling Campaign:

  • Highway Code changes

    sound+fury // 1 thread

    A bill is being put forward to sentence any cyclist convicted of dangerous cycling to a 14 year prison term.

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  • DfT Policy Paper - Inclusive Transport Strategy

    Created by Matthew // 1 thread

    Lots of interesting stuff about inclusive transport regarding trains, buses, cars, public realm, streets and yes a bit about cycling too. Quotes:

    Shared Space:

    8.11 While we consider CIHT and DPTAC’s recommendations and how to take them
    forward, we are requesting that local authorities pause any shared space schemes
    incorporating a level surface they are considering, and which are at the design stage.
    We are also temporarily suspending Local Transport Note 1/11. This pause will allow
    us to carry out research and produce updated guidance.

    Objectives regarding Cycling:

    • Update Local Transport Note 2/08, which sets out the Department’s guidance to
    local authorities on designing safe and inclusive infrastructure for cyclists, to take
    account of developments in cycling infrastructure since its publication in 2008 and
    the responses to the draft AAP consultation and publish a revised version by early
    • By 2020, explore the feasibility of amending legislation to recognise the use of
    cycles as a mobility aid71 in order to increase the number of disabled people

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  • Ladybrook Valley - upgrade and extend footpath to CCAG2 cycleway DC/065422

    Created by JonathanF // 1 thread

    CCAG2 off-road scheme in Cheadle and Cheadle Hulme, Stockport.

    Upgrade and extension of the existing Ladybrook Valley footpath from Queens Road to Hall Road. The scheme is a maintenance and enhancement project which aims to provide a permanent cycle path that accords with modern design standards.

    Stockport Planning Application reference: DC/065422

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  • Ashton-on-Mersey to Urmston link

    Created by JonathanF // 1 thread

    From: Trafford Cycle Forum 15/11/2016 Major Schemes Update
    7. Ashton-on-Mersey to Urmston – improved cycle link.
    The proposal is to improve an existing route. Third party land agreement required which is proving problematical. The route passes over 2 separate areas of land owned by 2 parties. Works on sections of land controlled by Trafford are anticipated to start on site early in the New Year.

    Part of the route is the "Urmston 53" footpath:

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  • TfGM/MCC City-Centre Cycling Infrastructure Plan

    Created by JonathanF // 1 thread

    Announced in 2015 as part of CCAG2. Manchester City Council, working in partnership with Transport for Greater Manchester and Salford City Council, is developing a City Centre Cycling Infrastructure Plan (CCCIP). The plan will:-
    Provide a strategy to guide future investment
    Provide a pipeline of cycling schemes
    Prioritise cycling and transport infrastructure more effectively
    Assist with bidding for future funding for investment in the city centre cycle network

    A draft network plan (v3.2) was circulated at the 22nd March 2016 Stakeholder Workshop:

    GMCC has held its own workshops and discussions to produce its draft plan, the latest of which is:

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  • Brunswick Street - proposal to ban motors and create park with cycling permeability

    Created by JonathanF // 0 threads

    The University of Manchester has unveiled plans to turn Brunswick Street into a park—to be named Brunswick Park... the road will be blocked off to traffic and it will be replaced with an area of green public realm.
    The park will sit in the heart of campus between the Simon and Williamson buildings. The area will be extensively landscaped and will feature pedestrian paths, cycle lanes, wildflower areas, trees, and benches.
    The entire street will be converted and plans show a large circular area in outside the Zochonis, Roscoe, and Simon buildings, which leads to the Oxford Road along a wide paved area.
    “Improved pathways” will be provided between Oxford Road and Upper Brook Street for pedestrians and cyclists.

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  • A56 Prestwich High Street

    Created by JonathanF // 1 thread

    Single lane [30mph] traffic with wider pavements, permanent parking bays, new bus lay-bys, bus stop relocation, dedicated [advisory, due to parking bays] [1.5m wide] cycle lanes [no buffer, so in the door zone] and improved public realm, closure of the junction of Bury New Road and Warwick Street and the [since withdrawn] introduction of a one-way system along Clifton Road.

    2016-02-23 Report:
    2016-03-02 Members accepted recommendations to:
    (a) Instruct officers to undertake detailed designs and obtain tenders in respect of delivering Proposal One subject to the following amendments and within the approved budget:
    i) Clifton Road to remain open in both directions. The situation will be monitored for a period of 12 calendar months from completion of the scheme as to its effect on traffic flows, congestion and safety.
    ii) The on street (adopted) parking bays to be reduced in length and additional street trees to be included to improve the aesthetic appearance. Parking bays to be subject to restrictions of 60 minutes with no return with 1 hour.
    iii) Officers to work with Transport for Greater Manchester to ensure traffic light sequencing is maximised to reduce congestion.
    (b) Delegate authority to the Chief Executive and the interim Executive Director of Resources and Regulation, in consultation with the Leader of the Council, to consider all tenders received and to approve the awarding of the contract to undertake the approved scheme within the approved budget.
    (c) Instruct officers to seek opportunities to secure additional match funding and sponsorship specifically in respect to street furniture, signage and planting

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  • Fallowfield new petrol station at Sainsbury's

    Created by JonathanF // 1 thread

    Proposal from Sainsbury's to build a new petrol filling station at their Fallowfield store, which is accessed from Wilmslow Road at a junction shared with Fallowfield Loop cycle traffic.
    MCC planning app: 109301/FO/2015/S1 or PP-04261580
    Travel - Transport Survey:

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  • Trafford Waters

    Created by Jonathan Keenan // 1 thread

    Large housing development near to Trafford centre, Manchester Ship Canal and Bridgewater Canal. There is potential for huge increase in traffic and the plans have very little/no cycle infrastructure planned in.

    The plans show 5 lane roads and roundabouts with a simple ASL and no other infrastructure. This is an opportunity for the developers to connect the new estate into a wider cycle network, particularly the cycle path on Barton Dock Road (which needs improvement). The Bridgewater Canal will not have enough capacity in the future and is not suitable for year round commuting.

    Urgent attention needs to be given to the main roads surrounding the site and the development used as a catalyst to improve the below standard infrastructure already in place nearby.

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  • Prestwich cycleway

    Created by David Butler // 3 threads

    Manchester City Council's proposed Prstwich Cycleway, a route from Heaton Park to Hulme Hall Lane, with the southern section following NCN Route 60.

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  • Airport cycleway

    Created by David Butler // 1 thread

    Manchester City proposed route from Altrincham Road to the airport, funded by CCAG. Most of this route exists already; the proposals upgrade sections and creates new links to form continuous route.

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  • Stockport town centre access proposals

    Created by David Butler // 1 thread

    Extensive package of measures which "aims to transform the accessibility and connectivity to and around Stockport town centre.
    The plan considers access by all modes of travel and specifically aims to ease congestion for buses and general road traffic, as part of an ambitious vision and development framework for investment in the town centre"

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  • Liverpool Road, Irlam

    Created by David Butler // 1 thread

    Salford Council/Urban Vision consultation on CCAG scheme. "The proposed cycle improvement between Station Road in Irlam and Astley Road in Cadishead will enable better sharing of the road space by all users and improve conditions for cyclists and pedestrians. Cycle parking facilities will be provided and cycle symbols on the road will be marked to highlight the presence of cyclists. Line markings and the construction of build outs and central reserves are proposed to narrow the road and reduce the overall speed of vehicles"

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  • Liverpool Street, Pendleton

    Created by David Butler // 1 thread

    Salford Council/Urban Vision consultation on this CCAG scheme. "A new cycle lane will be implemented along Liverpool Street between Langworthy Road and Cross Lane, linking the neighbouring residential areas to employment and educational opportunities at Salford Quays, MediaCityUK, the University of Salford and Manchester City Centre"

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  • Silk Street & North George Street, Salford

    Created by David Butler // 1 thread

    Salford Council/Urban Vision consultation on CCAG funded scheme. "This route will provide new cycling facilities on Silk Street and North George Street, linking route one to the University of Salford and improving onward cycling links to Salford Quays and the regional centre, through the existing wider cycle network."

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  • Great Clowes Street & Blackfriars Road, Salford

    Created by David Butler // 1 thread

    Consultation by Salford Council/Urban Vision on CCAG funded scheme. "This will provide a new cycle lane along the length of Great Clowes Street and Blackfriars Road, which will link the residential area of Broughton to Manchester city centre. Where possible the route will be segregated from traffic"

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  • Bridgefield scheme, Stockport centre

    Created by David Butler // 1 thread

    New cinema and car park next to Debenhams in Stockport centre. New open space on Bridgefield Street and Prince's Street. One of the objectives is "to provide enhanced public transport routes,cycle facilities and pedestrian access". Issues: cycle parking, shared space, link to wider cycle network.

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  • Irlams O'th Height Roundabout

    Created by Grahame Cooper // 1 thread

    Irlams O'th Height roundabout has been the location of a number of collisions involving cyclists (including myself and my daughter last September).

    There was a consultation last year over proposals produced by Sustrans for the improvement of this, and I showed my comments (annotations on proposed plans) at a previous GMCC meeting. You can find this annotated document here: (large PDF - need to download to see all pages).

    A leaflet on the intended imrovements can be found here:

    I am disappointed with this for the following reasons:

    - Extensive use of shared footways in the scheme (Salford Council seems to be in love with these, but they are bad).

    - Southbound approach on A666 looks impractical & dangerous: a sharp left turn onto the shared footway right at the busy entrance to the roundabout!

    - Whilst carriageway widths have been reduced, kerb radii at the mouth of entrances and exits do not seem to have been reduced, so "drivers looking right whilst accelerating left" will still pose a danger for cyclists who do not want to use the shared footways.

    - Limited improvements to the subways (tile removal, lighting and resurfacing) will probably not result in an attractive facility for cyclists. Access to this from Bolton Road (northbound) looks awkward.

    - There is no undertaking mentioned to ensure that facilities will be maintained and swept.

    - I'm still not confident regarding the social safety of the off-road parts, especially in the dark winter months.

    Those are my immediate reactions. Could be more to add.

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